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What is The Open Cut rule?

See how many players will make it to the weekend at The Open Championship

 

In the realm of professional golf, “making the cut” is a pivotal point that qualifies players for the final two rounds of a four-round tournament. This rule not only narrows down the field of competitors but also amplifies the tension and excitement as the championship progresses.

On the Friday of Open Championship week, it isn’t only exciting to see who is in contention, but who is fighting tooth and nail to make the cut to have a chance at the weekend.

A history of The Open cut rule

The Open Championship is the oldest of the major championships in golf, first contested in 1860. The cut rule – where a select number of players make it through to the weekend – was first implemented at The Open in 1926, where it has remained in place ever since.

Historically, The Open cut lines have had the fewest changes of all four majors. But the British Open cut rule has experienced some change throughout the tournament’s prestigious history.

Between 1968 and 1985, the R&A implemented a ‘double cut’, which involved a normal cut after 36 holes and an additional cut after 54 holes.

The Open cut rule

The Open Championship cut rules

There are no 10-shot rules at The Open where players within 10 shots of the lead make the weekend.

To make the 36-hole cut and advance to the weekend at The Open, players need to be inside the top 70 players – including ties – after the first two rounds of play. This is the same number as the PGA Championship, and 10 places more than at the US Open.

The exact number of players who make the single cut therefore varies from year to year depending on the amount of ties on the cutline. In 2021, 77 players made the cut at The Open.

At age 64, Tom Watson is the oldest player to ever make the cut at this golf tournament, doing so in 2014 at Hoylake.

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FAQs

What is the cut rule in the Open Championship?

A: The cut rule in the Open Championship stipulates that after the first 36 holes, the top 70 players, including ties, qualify for the final two rounds of the tournament.

Can the cut rule in the Open Championship change?

A: While the cut rule has remained consistent over the years, the organizing body reserves the right to make amendments. Always refer to the most recent championship rules for the most accurate information.

What does “making the cut” mean for a player?

A: “Making the cut” is a significant achievement for a player as it means they have qualified for the final two rounds of the tournament. It signifies their good performance and keeps them in contention for the championship.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

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